Demo-2 Success Lays Groundwork for Future Commercial Crew Missions

Yesterday’s return of @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken finally brought human spaceflight capability back to U.S. shores for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era. […]

Dragon Endeavour Splashes Down, Makes First U.S. Oceanic Return in 45 Years

@SpaceX Dragon Endeavour made the first U.S. splashdown in 45yrs today, as @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken wrap up a 64-day mission. […]

Landing in The Drink: Remembering America’s Oceanic Returns from Space (Part 2)

As @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken head back to Earth, they become the first American astronauts to splashdown in 45 years. […]

'Huffing and Puffing': How Does Flying a Falcon 9 Compare to the Rest? (Part 2)

Launch of Dragon Endeavour atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 on 30 May 2020. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

It’s rare that you can time a moment in history to a single split-second. But last Saturday, that split-second fell at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT, when American astronauts rode an American-made spacecraft, atop an American-built rocket, and from […]

Demo-2 Docks at Space Station, Expedition 63 Expands to Five Crew

Dragon Endeavour comes in for docking at 10:16 a.m. EDT Sunday. Photo Credit: NASA

Riding aboard a spacecraft they christened “Endeavour”—in honor of the now-retired shuttle which kicked off both of their astronauting careers more than a decade ago—NASA veterans Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken completed another milestone earlier today (Sunday, 31 May), with […]

Demo-2 Flies, Ends 9-Year U.S. Crew Launch Hiatus

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching America’s first crew back to space from US soil on the Crew Dragon May 30, 2020 from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A on the Demo-2 flight test to and from the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

The wait is over. […]

Weather Delays Demo-2, Next Attempt NET Saturday

Demo-2 astronauts Doug Hurley (foreground) and Bob Behnken ran through a full-up Launch Day, but the Florida weather ultimately thwarted Wednesday’s launch attempt. Photo Credit: NASA/SpaceX

It’s been more than 3,000 days—almost nine full years—since a human-capable orbiting spaceship built and launched in the United States last swept back to Earth to return a […]

T-1 Day: NASA, SpaceX Ready to Bring Human Spaceflight Back to America (Part 2)

Bob Behnken (left) previously served as chief of NASA’s astronaut corps, whilst Doug Hurley piloted the final Space Shuttle mission, STS-135. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

The International Space Station (ISS) is primed to receive its sixth visiting vehicle of 2020 in the coming days, although of a kind unseen in almost a […]

NASA, SpaceX Ready to Return Human Spaceflight to American Soil (Part 1)

Doug Hurley (foreground) will serve as mission commander for the Demo-2 flight, with Bob Behnken (background) as joint operations commander. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For the first time in nearly nine years, a Prime Crew is in the final days of waiting at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, ahead of their scheduled liftoff […]

Meet the Crew: Hurley, Behnken Primed for Historic U.S. Return to Space

Doug Hurley (left), mission commander of Demo-2, piloted the final Space Shuttle flight, whilst Bob Behnken, joint operations commander, is a veteran spacewalker and former chief of NASA’s astronaut corps. Photo Credit: NASA

Alan Shepard, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, Walt Cunningham, Bob Crippen and John Young; just a handful of many […]